Somewhere over the Rainbow

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Tabitha ( England England )

The Song “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – Tabitha’s goosebump moment

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“Hello! My name’s Tabitha, I come from England, but I live in France now. My goosebump moment is the first time that I heard the song “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. I think that’s the way you say it? I first heard the song in the film “50 First Dates” with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler and I just loved the song the first time I heard it. I did have goosebumps, because it’s just so soft and warm and comforting and really gives you hope, I think, even when you’re feeling down. I had the song played at my wedding, so it’s very, very special to me and yeah, I always have goosebumps still every time I hear it. So I recommend that you listen to it and perhaps watch the “50 First Dates” movie as well. Okay, thanks for listening, Bye.”


A Message of Hope and Beauty

“Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” is a melodic fusion that seamlessly weaves together two iconic songs. The medley originally appeared on Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s 1990 album “Ka ʻAnoʻi.”

However, it wasn’t until its inclusion in his 1993 album “Facing Future” that the acoustic rendition of this medley truly captured the hearts of listeners worldwide. This fusion showcases Kamakawiwoʻole’s musical prowess and his unique ability to infuse new life into beloved classics.

At the heart of this medley lies Kamakawiwoʻole’s mesmerizing voice. His rendition of “Over the Rainbow” starts with a delicate ukulele introduction, setting the tone for a serene and soulful performance. As the song progresses, his warm vocals envelop the listener in a comforting embrace. The transition into “What a Wonderful World” is seamless, showcasing his artistry in combining two seemingly different melodies into a harmonious whole.

In 2020, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World” received a prestigious accolade when it was selected for preservation in the United States National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. This recognition underscores the song’s profound impact, deeming it “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The medley’s ability to transcend time and cultural boundaries speaks to its enduring relevance.

The lyrics of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” resonate with messages of hope, beauty, and the yearning for a better world. Kamakawiwoʻole’s rendition breathes new life into these messages, making them even more poignant in times of uncertainty. The medley’s ability to evoke emotions and inspire introspection is a testament to the power of music to uplift and connect us on a deeper level.

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